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EDF Energy's green CSR claims examined: the follies of global carbon commodity chains

Boehm, Steffen and Brei, Vinícius and Dabhi, Siddhartha (2015) 'EDF Energy's green CSR claims examined: the follies of global carbon commodity chains.' Global Networks, 15. S87-S107. ISSN 1470-2266

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Abstract

In this article, we analyse the dynamic connections constituted by the global commodity chains of carbon markets, which offer profit, marketing and legitimacy-providing opportunities for both Northern and Southern corporations. Specifically, we contrast EDF Energy's green CSR and marketing discourse with the social, economic and environmental realities on the ground near the factory of Gujarat Fluorochemicals Limited (GFL), which operates one of the biggest clean development mechanism (CDM) projects in India. Based on historical documents, secondary datasets, companies’ websites and their financial information, primary ethnographic and interview data, our analysis makes a direct link – enabled by global carbon markets – between the green claims made by EDF Energy, one of the biggest energy companies in the UK, and the dirty reality of GFL's operations in India. In this historical case, we put into doubt the green CSR claims made by EDF Energy, questioning the discourse of sustainable development and improvement in people's lives that surround global carbon markets and specifically the CDM.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corporate Social Responsibility; Carbon Markets; Commodity Chains; Clean Development Mechanism; Marketing; Sustainable Development
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Centre for Work, Organisation and Society
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2015 08:31
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2015 15:52
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14335

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